Elite Pacific's Favorite Snorkeling on the Big Island

Posted Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by Liana Mayer

According to the Elite Pacific ohana, these are the best snorkeling spots on the Big Island. Did your favorite make the list?

Two Step (Honaunau Bay), next to Pu'uhonua O H┼Źnaunau National Historical Park (City of Refuge)

"Amazing place to snorkel! Visibility is outstanding and wildlife is plentiful. It’s a very safe place too! Its proximity to Pu'uhonua O H┼Źnaunau (City of Refuge) makes for a wonderful day trip." - Harry Canales

"Dozens of turtles, great visibility, and really interesting underwater terrain." - Paul Mayer


Mahukona Pier

"Clear water, lots of fish, and very little sand makes the water clarity superb." - Karen Bail

Photo courtesy of: https://www.365kona.com/hawaii-5-oh/4-things-no-one-will-ever-tell-west-hawaii/

"After 30 years on Big Island, these are the spots best known for diving and snorkeling. Snorkeling, of course, is always best closer to the coastline and rocks so at these spots, hug the coast. Puako is an exception in that there is a reef." - Rebecca Keliihoomalu


Captain Cook (Kealakekua Bay)

Mauna Lani

Mauna Kea


Mahalo to our contributors: Harry Canales, Jennifer Rice, Karen Bail, Paul Mayer, and Rebecca Keliihoomalu.